Music According to Percussion (MAP)

Bio

Music According to Percussion (MAP) is a music ensemble from Zimbabwe which sets Percussion as the sole driver of its Music.

The root of MAP's music is the Ngoma drum (the oldest type of African drum), and rhythms which evoke ‘a certain mood in an individual, strong feelings from the heart’ - used for centuries in Southern and Central Africa to send messages; to summon people for rain-making other ancient rituals, for celebrations and other festivities.

After dominating traditional music for centuries, in more recent years the Ngoma has been used only as an accompanying instrument in modern music setups. Now, MAP restores the Ngoma to the forefront of the ensemble as the lead instrument, in its traditional role, producing a unique feel as the balance of the music shifts, imperceptibly, to drum-centred.

Overlaying these pulses, MAP branches out to embrace other percussion instruments and styles from around the globe, playing instruments from different parts of Africa and the world, including Marimba, Mbira, Xigubhu, Gandira/Ndandanda (Zimbabwe), Djembe, Balafon (West Africa) and custom-made tunable Ngoma and timbales. They shift from technical artistry to a more trance-like style that requires certain levels of concentration and ‘takes one to places they have never been before’. Along with traditional southern African styles are flavours of reggae and samba, --- and ---.

The vocals incorporate Ndebele-style harmonies of southern Africa, Shona yodeling, Shangana and Griot styles, a colourful array of folklore and contemporary styles. They sing of thankfulness, creativity, encouragement, change. In true African oral tradition they sing of warnings and advice, the ills of poverty and a rebuke to xenophobia.

Othnell Mangoma Moyo* (Zimbabwe master hand drummer) leads MAP, playing a number of percussion instruments, together with 4 women drummer/vocalists, accompanied by bass, lead guitar and keyboards.

The first two MAP CDs in 2017 are well received by Zimbabwean music-lovers, and receive good airplay on national radio stations. The group perform widely in Zimbabwe, from humble community spaces to the highest stages and venues of the country.

Collaborations MAP is very open to collaborations and exchanges, which could include anything from a 3-piece ensemble right up to the full 8-piece band.

Below are web links to MAP's work.

*Othnell Mangoma Moyo is a dancer, actor, musician, drum-maker and ethnomusicologist; a skilled and highly-valued artist who has performed and recorded with many Zimbabwean and foreign artists. To date he has represented Zimbabwe in more than 30 countries in over 400 venues and international festivals, and participated in international music collaborations with artists from Norway, Austria, Sweden, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, France, India, Indonesia – and more. In 2016 he was selected for the One Beat (USA) programme, where he collaborated with artists from 17 countries of the world. Mangoma makes three-quarters of the instruments he uses, and has recorded two albums under the name ‘Music According to Percussion’. In 2018 he launches his first book, ‘Bulawayo Township Rhythms’.

Links for Music According to Percussion (MAP)

MAP video links https://youtu.be/cpnm87W-jwk...

Music

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Bhusheshe
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Njere
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Mus'ukukhala
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Mhinduro
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Mama
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2015 Xenophobia
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Ufanele kuva bucinca
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Amawule
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Amalobolo/Dowry
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Dzungu Handiride
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Amai Vakandibereka
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Mwari Munogona
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Shinga/ Be strong and Courageous
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Vuka Sthothobala
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Zimbabwean Groove
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Mandiyambutsa.mp3
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Videos

Dangurangu at #intersections 1
Amunand'amabele at #intersections 1
Mus'ukukhala at #intersections 1
Mandiyambutsa at #intersections 1
Zvichapera at #Intersections2
Dangurangu at #Intersections2
Amunandi Amabele at #Intersections2
Mandiyambutsa at #Intersections2
Mus'ukukhala at #Intersections2
Tawanda at #Intersections2
Bhusheshe at #Intersections2
Bucinca at #Intersections2
Obsidian at #Intersections2
Ganyani at #Intersections2
Unfecane/Mabhungu #Intersections2
Nhamo at #Intersections2
Ezgigroove. Featuring Matt Greenwood
ZESA with Matt Greenwood
Ingxabano Featuring Matt Greenwood
Ngororombe at Bulawayo Holiday inn
Rehearsing Dande
Hoso/Amabhiza
Rova Ngoma Tawanda
Shinga
Dangurangu
Rebuking Xenophobia
Mus'ukukhala at Alliance Francaise de Harare
Ngororombe at AF de Harare
Ezgigroove at Alliance Francaise de Harare
#INTERSECTION2 Rehearsals
Playing Ufanele kuva Bucinca at Vanilla Moon
Matt Greenwood's song "Zesa"
Dangurangu
Zvichapera Featuring Forward Kwenda and Matt Greenwood
Eaglesvale
Rova Ngoma Tawanda
Wood to Music
Shinga at Lake of Stars
Ganyani at Lake of Stars
Mus'ukukhala... At Lake of Stars
Isitshikitsha, syncopation
At the Arts Gathering
At Miombo 2019
Nyama Musango at #adin2019
7 June 2019
Rehearsals
Hosana, amunand'amabele
Busheshe Intro
Pullo'o
Busheshe official Video
Busheshe at Music Crossroads closing concert March 2019
Tswana Dance and Music
Nguni Vocals at Music Crossroads closing concert
Gumboot Dance Rehearsals
#Footwork
Singing Makwingwindo at Our Morning rehearsals
Africa Day 2018
6 April 2018
Bhusheshe at Alliance
#Footwork
Zimbabwean traditional music and dance

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Vanilla Moon, 8 Seagrave Road, Mount Pleasant, Harare
ZWHarare, Zimbabwe
ZWHarare, Zimbabwe
In operation since: 
2014

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+263774096269
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Othnell Moyo

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